India witnessing "death of democracy": Rahul Gandhi
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi today alleged that India is witnessing the "death of democracy" and anybody who stands against the onset of dictatorship is "viciously attacked".
Addressing a press conference at the party's national headquarters in New Delhi ahead of the nationwide protest by Congress against inflation and unemployment, Rahul said the sole agenda of the government is that people's issues, such as price rise, unemployment and violence in society, must not be raised, reports our New Delhi correspondent.
"There is no democracy in India and there is a dictatorship of four people," he charged.
"What we are witnessing is the death of democracy. That is what India is witnessing. What India has built brick by brick, starting almost a century ago, is basically being destroyed in front of your eyes," Rahul said.
"All of you know it, all of India knows it. Anybody who stands against this idea of the onset of dictatorship, does not matter who he is, where he comes from, which state, which religion, male or female, that person is viciously attacked, put in jail, arrested, beaten up," he said.
Rahul alleged the government is being run to protect the interests of four-five people and this "dictatorship" is being run in the interest of "two-three big business people by two people".
The Congress is set to hold nationwide protests and will also 'gherao' Prime Minister Narendra Modi's residence against price rise, unemployment and tax hike on some essential items.
The Congress members of parliament will also hold a march to Rashtrapati Bhavan from nearby Parliament to register their protest against price rise and unemployment.
The state units of the Congress will also organise protests in which its legislators and senior leaders are expected to participate in all state capital cities.